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Farmers Market back in Bancroft Park on summer Saturdays

       The Farmers Market will be back June 7, starting its 27th year on summer Saturdays in Old Colorado City.
       The location is Bancroft Park. The approximate time frame is 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.
       According to Frank Schmidt, president of the Pikes Peak Farmers Market, a nonprofit organization, the opening day will have “between 25 and 30 vendors.” Some of the Colorado farms that work with the market will be bringing in early produce they have ready. Also, there will be a few first-time vendors, including booths selling fishing worms, eggs from Calhan and beef jerky from Peyton, Schmidt said.
       This will be the market's second year in Bancroft. For its first 25 years, it had operated on 24th Street, next to the park, shutting off 24th between Colorado and Pikes Peak avenues.
       Schmidt's group made the change in response to higher regulation costs from the city if the event stayed in the street. But it turned out that being in the park had economic benefits, by allowing wider spacing in general and room for about 10 more vendors than the 28 maximum (according to to Schmidt) that had been able to fit on the street.
       One downside - like last year - is that the Farmers Market will not be held Saturday, Sept. 27. That's to avoid conflict with the annual Coronado High School Homecoming Parade event, which will use the park that morning for a fundraising breakfast and post-parade pep rally.
       Otherwise, the market will be in the park every Saturday from June 7 to Oct. 25, its schedule shows.

Westside Pioneer article/
(Posted 6/2/14; Business: Events and Outdoors: City/County Parks)

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